Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk
Dlinza Forest is situated on the south-western side of Eshowe. This beautiful piece of forest covers an area of 250ha and is one of southern Africa's prime forest birding spots. Access if through the town of Eshowe, to get to the main picnic area and boardwalk head down Kangella Road towards Nkandela, just after the school turn left at the Dlinza Forest signboard.
Probably best known for providing birders with the opportunity to view the Spotted Ground-Thrush, the forest also offers Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Green Malkoha, Olive Woodpecker and Green Twinspot, the last for which a hide has been erected. Other species such as African Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, African Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, Trumpeter Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, Chorister Robin-Chat, Terrestrial Brownbul and Lemon Dove.
The entire forest consists of beautiful climax coastal scarp forest.
Self-guided trail, ablutions, picnic tables and braai facilities can be found at the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk off Kangella Road.
The two main birding areas are the self-guided trail which starts at and returns to the Dlinza Forest picnic site, and the dirt road (royal Drive) which runs through the southern end of the forest. One requires about three hours, preferably in the early morning, to see a good proportion of the forest birds. An average morning should provide about 35 good quality birding species. Species such as Olive Sunbird, Collared Sunbird, Terrestrial Brownbul, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Cape Batis, Square-tailed Drongo, Dark-backed Weaver and Purple-crested Turaco are common here. Also listen out for Green Malkoha in the thicker areas and keep a look out in the more open areas of the forest floor for Spotted Ground-Thrush. Birders are advised to obtain further information From the Zululand Birding Route.